Walking By Faith - 10 Tips for Activating Your Faith - Tip #4

  By Darlene Aiken

By Darlene Aiken

What is faith? Refer to Hebrews 11

When we lack faith, we subscribe to a mentality that believes in scarcity. Scarcity is totally the opposite of who God is and what He's about.  In addition, when God talks about abundance, His abundance is not like our abundance. Just for starters, let’s think about whatever we imagine abundance being and multiply it by 100 trillion just for starters. That may seem overwhelming, but we should be overwhelmed with comfort and joy.  Can you imagine having 100 trillion choices every time you need to make a decision? In addition to having to make the decision amongst 100 trillion choices, whichever one you select will turn out to be righteous and awesome! I can see that you’re smiling already!!! Well, we have that and more at the bending of our knees.  All we have to do is ask and have faith that it will be done. I’ve had people ask me, “Why would God grant you anything that you want?” My response was because when we become in tune with God, we only want those things that He wants for us.  Since we have faith that He only wants what’s best for us, when His answer is no, then we become content with that response, “so if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” Matthew 7:11 NLT 

When we operate from the standpoint of abundance then we do not fear that there isn't enough for equal distribution, rather everyone will have an opportunity and perhaps have leftovers as well. Since we are having a discussion with regard to abundance, please keep in mind the story in the book of John (6:1-14) when Jesus fed about five thousand men with the little boy’s five loaves and two fish. 

How do we consistently activate our faith? I have prepared 10 tips to assist you with your faith walk. 

Tip #4: Get more rest. In today's fast-paced society where everything was needed yesterday, we need to take a moment to just go to bed early, wake up late, or simply just get in eight-hours of  rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. REM sleep is the optimal in that our bodies are really at rest. To have a better opportunity at achieving REM sleep try soaking in a tub of hot water, put clean linens on your bed, slip into your favorite comfortable pajamas, put your feet up, pull up the covers, make your room dark, pop in a spa CD on low, you may even put on some sleep blinders, and rest. This is guaranteed to change your mood from negative to positive. I dare you to try it!!! “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” Genesis 2:2